In Case Investigated By FBI, U.S. Secret Service, Maryland Man Pleads Guilty To Threatening Federal Judge By Mail; Willie Ray Bryant Also Planned To Mail Threat To President Obama, Prosecutors Say
A Maryland prison inmate who sent a threatening letter to a federal judge was monitored — and then sought to send a death threat to President Obama, the office of U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said.
Willie Ray Bryant, 41, now has pleaded guilty to threatening U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles Jr. Bryant, who is serving a 40-year term in state prison, faces up to 10 years on the federal charge.
“BOOM,” a section from the letter to the judge began. “[S]ee how easy this was, next time you wont (sic) be so lucky[.] ERM Family ANTHRAX!!”
The FBI found Byrant’s fingerprints on the letter, and alerted prison officials. Maryland corrections officers then “intercepted a letter Bryant had addressed to President Obama excoriating the President for turning his back on Islam and threatening to kill the President,” prosecutors said.
U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett is scheduled to sentence Bryant on Dec. 9.
The letter to Obama said that Bryant wanted to chop off the President’s head, according to the Baltimore Sun.